WHO Guidelines

WHO Pain Management Guidelines

World Health Organization: Pain relief ladder In case you experience severe pain, please contact your doctor.

As a guide for using analgesic drugs appropriately, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the so called “Pain Relief Ladder”1. It was originally developed for cancer pain therapy but is now widely established in managing chronic pain. It recommends a progressive, stepwise use of analgesics based on patients’ level of pain.

1 World Health Organization: Pain relief ladder. Accessible at www.who.int/cancer/palliative/painladder/en, last accessed on February 25, 2011

M-N/A-UK-10-18-0001       Date of preparation October 2018

online:  23 Sep 2012